1) Decatur: Wild Heaven Craft Beers posts a breakdown of the license and permit fees that the new brewery had to pay for "other folks thinking of starting a brewery". The total? $8741.
2) Midtown: The Orpheus Brewing taproom, overlooking Piedmont Park, will open on Saturday, May 24. Look for a launch at The Porter the following week.
3) Marietta/Ponce City Market: Chef Linton Hopkins and Red Hare Brewing Company have collaborated on a new brew, National Common. The beer, set out to "perfectly compliment the beloved H&F Burger," will be served at the Ponce City Market burger outpost when it opens in 2015 and will launch at Holeman & Finch on Tuesday, May 20. The restaurant will offer burgers all night instead of only at 10 p.m. in honor of the launch. Read the full press release below.
Red Hare Brewing Company launches National Common Beer in collaboration with Holeman and Finch; The Burger Beer
Marietta, GA - National Common, the first beer in Red Hare's new "Chef Series," is a collaboration between Red Hare's master brewer Bobby Thomas and Holeman and Finch's Chef Linton Hopkins. The Atlanta duo set out to create a beer that perfectly complimented the beloved H&F Burger.
"Bobby did a tremendous job finding the exact beer that we all wanted to drink with the H&F Burger," said the James Beard-award winning Chef Hopkins. That beer is National Common, Thomas' take on a turn-of-the-century California Common, an all-American beer style, which uses lager yeast, but brews it at an ale temperature. "We brewed this beer to pair perfectly with the already fantastic H&F Burger, and to showcase the pride we take in American craft," said Bobby.
Chef Hopkins joined Bobby Thomas for the first brewing of National Common, which will be poured at Holeman and Finch Public House and Red Hare Brewery, with future plans to offer it at H&F Burger in the Ponce City Market . "I love that Bobby put me to work immediately hauling grains and placing them in the mill," Chef Hopkins said of his experience. He continued, "The craft of making beer is much like being in our bakery, it's a wonderful process and I loved the aromas at each stage."
Like Chef Hopkins' burger, National Common is brewed with honest, quality ingredients paying homage to a simpler time. Pale Ale, Bonlander Munich, and Caramel malts impart an exceptionally smooth, clean mouth feel, with malty fruitfulness and a warm golden hue. Their toasted, caramelized notes perfectly compliment the H&F Burger, a double patty cheeseburger, griddled with red onions and served on house-made buns with bread and butter pickles. The Northern Brewer and Chinook hops lend a slightly woody/minty quality to the beer's profile and add an assertive, yet balanced, bitter finish that cuts through the burger's richness.
National Common, available in restaurants, bars, and growler stores throughout Georgia, South Carolina and Tennessee will be served at Holeman and Finch Public House beginning Tuesday, May 20 when the restaurant will offer the H&F Burger all night to celebrate the beer's launch. While this beer is a great match for the H&F Burger, it is a style that pairs well with most foods. "It's why we called it the National Common," said Hopkins. "It's a beer to have with everything, whether you're grilling in the backyard or enjoying a ball game."
Red Hare Brewing Company is an independent micro-brewer in Marietta, GA selling its craft beer throughout Georgia, South Carolina, and Tennessee. Its three year round varieties include Gangway IPA, Long Day Lager, and Watership Brown. Red Hare is the first craft brewery in Georgia to can their beer. The brewery tasting room is open to the public for sampling and tours Thursdays and Fridays from 5:30-7:30 and Saturday from 2-4 pm.
James Beard award winning Chef Linton Hopkins and his wife Gina are proprietors of Holeman and Finch Public House, Restaurant Eugene, H&F Bottle Shop, H&F Bread Company, and H&F Burger. The couple celebrates the rich bounty of Georgia by using only the freshest and most locally sourced ingredients possible, prepared in a way that highlights the local cuisine and its history.
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